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Region 10 News Release: 12-1416-SEA (SF-147)
July 18, 2012
Contact: Deanne Amaden      Jose A. Carnevali
Phone: 415-625-2630      415-625-2631
Email: amaden.deanne@dol.gov      carnevali.jose@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Idaho group home and adult day care
operator for inadequate workplace violence safeguards at Pocatello facility

BOISE, Idaho – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited South Park Inc., operating as Developmental Options in Pocatello, with one serious violation for failing to provide employees with adequate safeguards against workplace violence. OSHA opened an inspection of the group home and adult day care center in January following reports of increasing severity of attacks against workers. The citation carries a proposed penalty of $4,900.

OSHA cited the employer for exposing employees to repeated instances of violent behavior, aggressive physical contact and attacks by a patient in the residential habilitation program. OSHA also determined that the company failed to identify and abate existing and developing hazards associated with workplace violence. A serious violation is one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

"Employers in group homes and residential settings must protect their employees against workplace violence," said David G. Kearns, director of OSHA's Boise Area Office, which conducted the inspection. "No worker should have to go to work fearful of being assaulted on the job."

South Park provides round-the-clock care for people with developmental disabilities. The company employs approximately 75 full-time workers and operates multiple residential rehabilitation apartments and